San Francisco rapper arrested Thursday also wanted
in Fairfield murder
By Adam Martin, Bay City News Service
March 4, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A San Francisco rapper arrested
Thursday for allegedly shooting to death two Kansas City rappers
in Las Vegas in May is also a suspect in a November slaying in
Andre "Mac Minister'' Dow, 35, was arrested Thursday without
incident after the Federal Bureau of Investigations received information
that he was in an apartment at 49 Townsend St., according to FBI
spokeswoman Larae Quy.
Dow allegedly shot to death Anthony "Fat Tone'' Watkins,
24, and Jermaine "Cowboy'' Atkins, 21, in Las Vegas on May
23, according to the FBI.
San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens said today that Dow
is also a suspect in the Nov. 4 killing of Utah woman Lee Danae
Laursen, 21, in Fairfield.
Dow was arrested on a warrant after the FBI received information
of his whereabouts Thursday.
"It was a combination of technical and human intelligence
that led us to him,'' Quy said. She did not confirm a report by
the television show, America's Most Wanted, that one of its viewers
provided Dow's whereabouts after he was featured on a Feb. 6 segment.
"It certainly could have been,'' Quy said.
"Dozens of officers and FBI agents,'' including a San Francisco
Police Department tactical team, arrived at 49 Townsend St. around
Gittens said. Dow was arrested about an hour later.
"We approached the residence and announced ourselves. The
female occupant refused to open the door,'' Quy said. "After
a brief verbal standoff we gained entry and Dow was arrested without
Fairfield police refused to comment on the incident today.
According to a Nov. 4 news release from the Fairfield Police
Department, Laursen was shot and killed in the 3500 block of Fieldcrest
Avenue. Officers responding to calls about gunfire found Laursen
in the street with a gunshot wound to the head.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Nov. 1, 2004, Vallejo rapper Andre Hicks, known as Mac Dre,
was shot to death in Kansas City while in town for a concert.
Kansas City police Officer Darinn Snapp said today that Watkins
was a person of interest in that killing.
"Hicks' people picked up and left town without answering
any questions about the case, so we couldn't identify Anthony
as a suspect,'' Snapp said. Snapp said Atkins was not thought
to be connected to Hicks' shooting.
On Nov. 1, 2005, at a Vallejo memorial recognizing the one-year
anniversary of Hicks' death, gunfire erupted in the 100-strong
crowd, leaving 21-year-old Michael Clint Banks dead with a gunshot
wound to the neck.
According to the hip-hop Web site http://www.ballerstatus.net,
a feud may be under way between Bay Area rappers and those in
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